Let’s start with “Bush the Incompetent.” The worst terrorist attack in the country’s history occurred when he was president due to his “don’t care” attitude. The Clinton administration warned him about al-Qaeda and the imminent threat they posed. In his first few months of office his own security people gave him the same warnings that went unheeded. Bush chose to ignore them and we were attacked. His incompetence led to the death of almost 3,000 Americans.
But did this really bother him? Not at all. In December 2001, just three months after 9/11, Bush told the press at a dinner that this had been the best year he and Laura have ever had. How many have to die to make it a bad year?
Now let’s go to “Bush the Liar.” He originally said the he wanted bin Laden “dead or alive.” He wanted justice. But the day after the attack he let bin Laden’s relatives fly out of the country unquestioned by the FBI or anyone else. No one else could fly anywhere but Bush made an exception for his Saudi friends.
We then have bin Laden surrounded in Afghanistan at Tora Bora and what does Bush do? He lets some local mercenaries handle the situation instead of American troops. The result is that Bin Laden buys his way into Pakistan. Then Bush focuses on Iraq and the elusive weapons of mass destruction that had nothing to do with 9/11.
Bush at first stated that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Then, when he couldn’t find any weapons of mass destruction, Iraq mysteriously develops ties to al-Qaeda. All our efforts focus on Iraq, which Bush wanted to invade before 9/11 to control the second largest oil fields in the world.
Combined with “Bush the Liar” is “Bush the Cover-up.” People started asking questions about 9/11. Like how can airplanes whose jet fuel burns at 825 degrees centigrade melt the steel of the World Trade Centers that requires a temperature of 1500 degrees centigrade? Why did World Trade Center Seven (a third building) collapse in seven seconds when it wasn’t even hit by a plane or any debris? It housed the offices of the CIA, FBI and SEC. What about the 50 documented reports of firefighters who saw and heard multiple explosions in both the north and south towers? And how did the plane that hit the Pentagon totally evaporate but did not burn chairs and computers on the edge of the strike zone? Apparently, the explosion was hot enough to melt steel but allowed enough organic matter to be left for DNA analysis. And why was all the metal from the World Trade Centers shipped out of the country without any analysis and the tapes of the plane hitting the pentagon never released?
Now, we can go to “Bush the Murderer.” Former L.A. District Attorney Vincent Bugliosi wrote a book that clearly states that Bush can be charged for murder for lying about Iraq that resulted in the death of more than 4,000 Americans and the serious injury of more than 50, 000.
Bush recently stated that there can be no doubt he kept America safe. He has got to be kidding. The death toll on 9/11 was 2,626 American civilians. Over the next eight years Bush caused the death of 4,210 American soldiers and the serious injury of over 40,000 American soldiers. During his two terms 6,836 Americans died and thousands were wounded. Is that his definition of “safe?”
Finally there is “Bush the Financial Disaster.” Our country is in financial ruin after eight years with Bush at the helm. We are in a depression. We owe a communist country billions of dollars and we outsource most of our production. Reagan claimed credit for the collapse of the Soviet Union. Bush gets the credit for the collapse of America. Some legacy.
Jeff Blanck is an attorney in private practice in Reno. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.